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Web Design / Dreamweaver / Accessibility

Basics of building an accessible web site

October 2012 meeting - Basics of building an accessible web site with Dreamweaver by Cornelius Chopin.

note: There was much discussion during this presentation; when the presenter is not speaking, usually an audience member is talking. You may be able to hear the other speakers by turning up the volume.

Accessibility reference sites mentioned during the presentation:

Developing an Accessibility Strategy

March 2013 meeting; Hiram Kuykendall, CTO of MicroAssist discussed how to develop an accessibility testing strategy for web pages and more.  (introductory remarks until 4.24 minutes.)

Resources: slide show (PDF – download if it doesn’t display correctly in the browser), example pages and more

Responsive Design & Retina Displays

September 2012 meeting - Responsive Design and Retina Displays by Eli McMakin and a brief demo of using Dreamweaver to create fluid grid layouts (responsive design).

Note: for the first 6 minutes the screen doesn’t display – there’s just audio)

Create a Mobile App with Dreamweaver CS6

June 2012 meeting – Cornelius Chopin demonstrates how to create a mobile app using Dreamweaver CS6

Why and how to build a website in WordPress

Karen Kreps’ June 11th presentation
Adobe web reference: Why and How to Build a Website Using WordPress. Editing a WordPress theme with  Dreamweaver, part 1


It’s all about Masks (April 2013)

Adobe Certified Instructor Cornelius Chopin shows how to select parts of an image or a layer and how to add one or more masks to hide sections, add clipping mask, gradient masks, and more to improve photos or add special effects.

Create Awesome Photos with Photoshop

December 2012 - Create Awesome Photos with Photoshop by Adobe Certified Instructor, Photographer and Photoshop teacher Carolyn Coffey. Her web site has PSD files from her iBookPhotoshop R & R: A 10 Week Course on Retouching & Restoration, (also available at Amazon for Kindle) including ones from the presentation. (The video begins at about 4 minutes). Carolyn returned for Photo Glamorization (next)

Photo Glamorization and Retouching

August 2013 – Photo Glamorization and Retouching.  Adobe Certified Photoshop Instructor Carolyn Coffey demonstrates retouching and glamorization. Carolyn teaches Photographic Retouching at Austin Community College and is currently finishing a book on Photoshop CS6. Carolyn demonstrates ways to clean up distractions without compromising the original intent of the photographer, then shows the art of glamorization to enhance the beauty of a young woman.

Tips N Tricks for Photoshop CS6 and Earlier

August 2012 Meeting - Tips N Tricks for Photoshop CS6 and earlier - Lori Luza (As You Wish photography) and Donna Blumberg demonstrate some of their favorite Photoshop tricks beginning with Photoshop CS4 and include some of the most popular new CS6 features.

Photoshop Effects, Batch Processing

April 2013 meeting Batch Processing and Photoshop special effects Karen Kreps demonstrates how to work with batches of photos in Photoshop, Fireworks and Bridge (first 30 minutes), then several attendees demonstrate how to combine and tweak photos by applying various types of layer masks to produce interesting effects.

Photoshop and Bridge – RAW files

March 2012 meeting, audio only - Photographer / Photoshop expert Eli McMakin describes how he Uses Photoshop and Bridge to work with RAW photographs. Although his screen is not visible, his explanations of the differences in RAW, DNG JPEG and narration are definitely worth hearing. (For most of the demo he displayed photos he took at a crowded nightclub, mostly one one photo of a young man sipping a drink and other young man behind him with raised arms flashing a victory sign .)


Create eBooks with InDesign CS6

July 2012 meeting - Create ebooks with InDesign presented by Pam Knight, Plainview Press and Karen Kreps, Net Ingenuity PDF of slide show.

Although some of the details are a bit dated, these two InDesign Magazine articles from 2009 still have much good information about creating epubs.

InDesign CS5.5 Basics

January 2012 meeting presentation by Graphics Designer Veronica Primeaux on InDesign CS5.5 basics.


Creating 3D Objects in Adobe Illustrator

Cornelius Chopin’s November 2013 presentation using Illustrator CS5. More information is available at his site,

Pathfinder Tool – Manipulate Objects and Text

Recording of Veronica Primeaux’s September 2011 presentation on Illustrator’s Pathfinder Tool: Manipulate Objects and Text

Creating Cool Designs in Illustrator CS6

Recording of Veronica Primeaux’s October 2013 presentation.

Illustrator CS5.5 Live Trace, Live Paint

Joseph Bourque’s (his site August 2011 Illustrator presentation Using Adobe Illustrator 5.5′s Live Trace and Live Paint to create digital comics from scanned pencil sketches or bitmap images. His slides (PDF)

Instructional Design

September, 2013 – Senior Instructional Designer Wayne Vermillion answers the question “What is instructional design?”. He provides multiple viewpoints while referencing Adobe products and Adobe competitors in instructional design


Build Android Apps with Flash

February 2012 – Certified Adobe Instructor Cornelius Chopin‘s presentation on Building Android Apps with Flash

After Effects

January 2013 An overview of After Effects features by After Effects instructor Steve Connor (

Acrobat Pro

January 2014 – demo of some of Acrobat Pro XI features, including ways of creating a PDF – from documents, clipboard, web site – creating and printing comments, combining multiple documents into one PDF, converting scanned text from an image to searchable text (OCR), creating fillable forms and more

March 2014 – Create an Accessible Interactive form in Acrobat Pro XI, presented by Cornelius Chopin, an Accessibility Specialist.

Additional resources



April 2014 – Captivate 7 overview